From the Governor's Office today:
Gov. Nathan Deal today named the individuals who will serve on the Education Reform Commission that he announced during his State of the State address.
The commission will study the state’s education system, including its funding formula, and provide recommendations intended to improve the system, increase access to early learning programs, recruit and retain high-quality instructors and expand school options for Georgia’s families.
“My vision for K-12 education in Georgia is a system driven by student need that provides local school and district leaders with real control and flexibility,” said Deal.
“With this commission now in place, it is my hope that we will work together to make education more accessible and effective in preparing our state’s students for the rigors of college and the workforce. Georgia families depend on our classrooms, and now it’s time we take the responsibility in full to provide the high-quality, technologically advanced education they so deserve. I fully anticipate this commission will help bring my vision to reality and I’m grateful for the members' willingness to serve.”
The commission will convene throughout the year to comprehensively review the state’s education system and QBE funding formula in order to provide recommendations on possible executive, legislative and agency fixes.
The recommendations will be sent to Deal by Aug. 1 of this year, with some going into effect as early as the 2016-2017 school year. Chuck Knapp, former president of the University of Georgia, will chair both the commission and the subcommittee on funding reform.
Commission members are listed below:
Madelyn Adams, Director of Community Benefit, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia
Matt Arthur, Deputy Commissioner, Technical College System of Georgia
Robert Avossa, Superintendent, Fulton County Schools
Greg Beadles, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative and Financial Officer AMB Sports and Entertainment
Brad Bryant, Director, REACH Scholarship program
Brooks Coleman, Chairman, House Education Committee, Georgia General Assembly
Tom Dickson, Chairman, House Education Appropriations Subcommittee, Georgia General Assembly
Mike Dudgeon, State Representative, Georgia General Assembly
Kent Edwards, Superintendent, Carrolton City Schools
Terry England, Chairman, House Appropriations Committee, Georgia General Assembly
Tina Fernandez, Partner, Bellweather Education Partners
Mike Glanton, State Representative, Georgia General Assembly
Barbara Hampton, Sixth Congressional District Member, State Board of Education
Tyler Harper, Chairman, Senate Public Safety Committee, Georgia General Assembly
Hannah Heck, Attorney, Vice Chair and Founding Board Member Westside Atlanta Charter School
Jack Hill, Chairman, Senate Appropriations Committee, Georgia General Assembly
Kylie Holley, Principal/Superintendent, Pataula Charter Academy
Bonnie Holliday, Executive Director,, Georgia Charter Schools Commission
Amy Jacobs, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
Audrey King, South Region External Affairs Manager, Georgia Power Company
Cynthia Kuhlman, Director of Educational Achievement, Cousins Family Foundation, Inc.
Fran Millar, Chairman, Senate Higher Education Committee, Georgia General Assembly
Nels Peterson, Vice Chancellor for Legal Affairs, University System of Georgia
Hunter Pierson, Vice Chairman, New Schools New Orleans, co-founder of Young Professionals for Education Equity
Noris Price, Superintendent, Baldwin County Schools
Elizabeth Rhodes Retired Teacher, Educators First
Will Schofield, Superintendent, Hall County Schools
Freddie Powell Simms, State Senator, Georgia General Assembly
Lindsey Tippins, Chairman, Senate Education and Youth Committee, Georgia General Assembly
Anthony Townsend, Principal, Locust Grove Middle School, Henry County
Alvin Wilbanks, Superintendent, Gwinnett County Schools
Pam Williams, 2011 Georgia Teacher of the Year, Appling County High School
Dick Yarborough, Columnist, retired BellSouth Corporation executive, managing director of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games